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Legal Technology for Students and Practitioners

This guide introduces basic technology resources for Maine law practice to solo and small firm attorneys and law students.

A work-in-progress, updates and new topics will be posted on an ongoing basis.

Duty of Competence

Technology competence is required by the ABA Model Rules and by rule in over half the states. In Maine technology competence is required by Maine Bar Ethics Opinions

ABA Model Rule 1.1:

Competence. A lawyer shall provide competent representation to a client. Competent representation requires the legal knowledge, skill, thoroughness and preparation reasonably necessary for the representation.


ABA Model Rule 1.1 Comment 8:

Maintaining Competence 
[8]  To maintain the requisite knowledge and skill, a lawyer should keep abreast of changes in the law and its practice, including the benefits and risks associated with relevant technology, engage in continuing study and education and comply with all continuing legal education requirements to which the lawyer is subject.


Specific tasks may be delegated but knowledge and understanding of technology are not delegable.